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Nigeria‘ll emerge stronger from current challenges – Minister

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Nigeria‘ll emerge stronger from current challenges – Minister

By Rotimi Ijikanmi Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed has expressed optimism that Nigeria will emerge stronger from its current challenges.

The minister made the statement when he attended a special forum of the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Sunday.

“We have challenges like any other country in the world, but we will overcome them.

“Some countries didn’t even know half of what we’re going through before they collapsed, but everyone has to do their part.

“It is unfortunate today that many people are waiting for the country to disintegrate and many of them are disappointed that we are still standing.

“We will continue to strengthen ourselves because these detractors and vocal opponents are in the minority,” he said.

The minister instructed every Nigerian to take ownership of the country and ensure that he is not plunged into war.

He said Nigerians should resist the temptation of some selfish elites campaigning for Nigeria to be better divided.

“It’s because there is a country called Nigeria, that’s why there are journalists, teachers, doctors and so on.

“If you know what happened during the Liberian War, teachers worked in bakeries in Lagos just to survive.

“When you look at certain articles in our newspapers and social media, you start to wonder if writers are patriots.

“If you don’t live in Nigeria and read what they write, you will think every part of Nigeria is at war.

Mohammed urged social commentators and critics to be impartial in their assessment and judgment on the issues.

“We are not saying not to criticize the government, you are free to do so.

“However, stop de-marketing Nigeria. Stop pitting one ethnic group or religion against another and have the courage to be honest and frank, ” he advised.

Mohammed said Nigerians must take ownership of their country because if they don’t build it, no one will fix it for them.

Source: NAN

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